A look back at Day Five while looking ahead at the marquee matches for Day Six at the U.S. Open
Day Five Recap
- Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both advanced to the fourth round. Djokovic prevailed in straight sets while Williams was pushed to three by Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
- Jeremy Chardy of France upset 7th seed David Ferrer. Also upset were men’s 10th seed Milos Raonic, 14th seed David Goffin, and women’s 12th seed Belinda Bencic who was beaten by a resurgent Venus Williams.
- Benoit Paire has been on a hot streak this Open. In the first round he defeated 4th seed Kei Nishikori and on Day 5 he secured his place in the fourth round with a victory over 26th seed Tommy Robredo.
- After winning the first two sets against Fabio Fognini, Rafael Nadal fell in five sets for an early exit. It was a historic loss for the wrong reasons for Nadal. It was the first time in his career that he lost in a Grand Slam event after winning the first two sets. This will also be the first year in the last 10 that he doesn’t win a Grand Slam. Fognini is the 32nd-ranked player in the world.
Day Six Marquee Matches
Dominic Thiem (20) vs. Kevin Anderson (15)
Thiem, the youngest player in the top 30, will match his career best showing at the Open with a win here. Veteran Kevin Anderson, a product of the University of Illinois, will push him in this fourth round matchup. Anderson, a perennial top-20 player, has experience on his side but has never advanced past the third round at Flushing Meadows. Thiem is coming into his own and can use his powerful groundstrokes to pressure Anderson. However, Anderson is a big server that could make it a long day for Thiem.
Prediction: Thiem in five—the rising generation is very dangerous.
Viktor Troicki (22) vs. Donald Young
Donald Young has been one of the U.S. Open’s surprises. As a player with a lower ranking, he shocked Flushing Meadows by beating 11th seed Gilles Simon in the first round. Reaching the third round is a good achievement for Young, who has struggled with the pressure of expectations and to find success after a junior career in which he was ranked world number one. Troicki, after a good start to his pro career, has also struggled to maintain a high level of play but finds himself back in the top 30 after a solid year. Young will have to raise his game to beat Troicki, but he has already proved capable of that.
Prediction: Young to upset in a five-set thriller.
Sara Errani (16) vs. Samantha Stosur (22)
Stosur and Errani are both excellent players who are in the twilight of their careers. Errani, 28, and Stosur, 31, have both spent time in the top ten and play an aggressive brand of tennis. However, Stosur’s big serve and forehand should give the former U.S. Open champion an edge. Errani, a former Open semifinalist, will put up a fight, though.
Prediction: Stosur in three.
Shelby Rogers vs. Simona Halep (2)
Rogers, like Young, has surprised at the Open. Currently ranked 154th, Rogers had to qualify for the main draw. She has flown under the radar as other Americans, such as Serena Williams and Coco Vandeweghe, have received more of the media spotlight. She will have all she can handle against Halep, the second seed—a player with much more experience. Halep reached the French Open final and the Wimbledon semifinals last year. Halep will likely make a run to the final, so Rogers will need to bring her best tennis.
Prediction: Halep in straight sets.